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Contents
Principal Public Libraries with family history resources
Research services
Registrar General's Index
Census records
Directories
Electoral registers
Poll books
International Genealogical Index
Unpublished indexes
Parish registers
Periodicals
Published transcripts
Other materials
Guides to collections
Record Office address
Other information

Library Services URL:
Chapman County Codes (BS 6879): KEN

2. Principal Libraries with Family History resources

Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Civic Centre
Strood
Rochester
Kent
ME2 4AU
01634 332714
01634 332097 (Local Studies Librarian)
01634 332351 (Archivist)
fax 01634 297060
email: archives@medway.gov.uk
local.studies@medway.gov.uk
CityArk archives web site and database: http://cityark.medway.gov.uk (NB no www)


Opening hours:

Monday 09.00-17.00
Tuesday 09.00-18.00
Wednesday closed
Thursday 09.00-17.00
Friday 09.00-17.00
saturday 09.00-16.00
Closed for stocktaking first two full weeks of November annually


Other Libraries:

Gillingham Library
High Street
Gillingham
ME7 1BG
Tel: 01634 281066


3. Research Service

Service available? Free research limited to 20 minutes per enquiry; photocopies £2.50 + 50p a sheet

Fee-based? Fees are currently under review

Provided by local Record Office? (jointly by Archives and Local Studies)
4. Births, Deaths and Marriages

Registrar General's Indexes from 1837 (microform), or Registrar General for Scotland's Computerised Index from 1855.

Locations GRO 1837 - 1960 held at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
GRO Overseas Births, Marriages and Deaths Indices


5. Census returns

Card index 1841-1891 for former Rochester upon Medway local authority area at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Card index 1841-1891 for former Gillingham area at Gillingham Library
Microfilms for former Rochester upon Medway area at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Microfilms for former Gillingham area at Gillingham Library
CD ROM for former Gillingham area 1841-1891 at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Microfilm of 1901 census for former Rochester upon Medway and Gillingham area at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Microfilm of 1901 census for former Gillingham area at Gillingham Library
1881 Kent Census index on microfiche at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre


6. Directories

6(a) County and Regional Directories

Collection of county (Kent) directories held at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and Gillingham Library (incomplete)

6(b) City and Town Directories

Directories for the Medway Towns (Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham) 1849 - 1974 (incomplete) available on microfilm/fiche at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre Gillingham Library

6(c) Telephone Directories

Directories 1956+ available at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre and 1958+ at Gillingham Library (incomplete)


7. Electoral registers and polls books

7(a) Electoral Registers

Registers held for Rochester, Chatham, Strood Rural and Gillingham (pre-1974) and Rochester upon Medway (pre-1998) and Medway Council (post-1998) areas at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.
Registers for Gillingham 1937, 1939-1940, 1946-2000 held at Gillingham Library.

7(b) Poll Books

Rochester Burgess Rolls (1847-1915) held on microfilm at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.
West Kent and Rochester City poll books 1835+ held at MALSC.


8. International Genealogical Index (IGI)

Kent and London held at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre


9. Unpublished Indexes

Numerous unpublished manual card indexes to local studies and archival holdings at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre.
Medway index to Local Newspapers (MILN) available online at:
http://www.medway.gov.uk/malscindex.html


10. Parish Registers

Original parish registers and microfilms for Rochester Archdeaconry area plus parishes of Burham and Wouldham held at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Parish registers for Gillingham and Rainham area available on microfilm at Gillingham Library.


11. Periodicals (excl. newspapers)

Periodicals with local studies and Kent interest held at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre


12. Published Transcripts of Archival Material

Numerous published transcripts available in searchroom at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre or through Kent Family History Society.


13. Other material

Local authority archives holdings at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Estate records and private papers including Best family (brewers in Chatham) and Cobham Hall Darnley Collection
Local Studies collections at MALSC include Naval Collection, Charles Dickens Collection, Short Brothers Collection
Manuscript and printed maps of the Medway area and environs
Illustrations collections at both MALSC and Gillingham Libraries
Local newspapers on microfilm from 1830 at MALSC and from 1859 at Gillingham


14. Guides to Collections

Manual archives finding aids in searchroom at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
Internet web site database CityArk http://cityark.medway.gov.uk and intranet version in searchroom
General leaflets (free)


15. Local Record Offices

N/A
Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre includes archives


Other information

Bookings strictly required for access to archival material and all microfilm/fiche readers at MALSC and Gillingham Library. CARN reader's ticket system operates at MALSC: proof of identity e.g. driving licence, and two passport photographs, required on first visit.
Laptops can only be used on battery power in the searchrooms and plugged into the mains, only if a valid electrical testing certificate can be produced.